LATVIA: Forests, Wetlands, Green Infrastructure & Digital Technologies

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Update 13th January 2021: We are working with hosts to determine possible dates for NET courses in 2021 as soon as COVID conditions allow for travel. The decision of the UK government to leave the Erasmus+ programme will not affect those projects with a signed contract. We will update participants on any new travel insurance and visa regulations.

Participants from the postponed course in 2020 will be offered first choice on any rescheduled courses in 2021.

As soon as we have confirmed dates and details we will post them here and share through our consortium. The proposed course for 2020 is provided below for information. 2021 course content may change slightly due to COVID regulations.

Hosts: Andis Purs (State Forest Service of Latvia)

Course Dates: 6 – 13 September 2020

Application Deadline: 2nd March but course heavily oversubscribed

Preparation Meeting Date: 12 August 2020

Aims & Themes: exploring Latvian forestry and wetland management, conservation policy and practice; hunting attitudes & practices; digital tools for conservation planning & action; cultural heritage and landscapes of Latvia


Draft Itinerary: the itinerary will be finalised in consultation with the participants. It will include the State Forest Service and associated government and academic organisations in Riga; Kemeri National Park, Lake Kaneiris and Dunduri Meadows; State Forest Research Institute; Cesis Institute of Environmental Solutions; Traditional Barrel Makers; Viestura Larmanic Culture Heritage as Green Infrastructure in rural north Latvia.

Reports from 2019 & 2018

Click here to download the full NET course list for 2020.

Click here to download the NET 5 2020 application form. (SNH staff are very welcome to email an expression of interest but they must complete their own internal HR process before submitting an application form)


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